Muckler in 1971
|Born||April 13, 1934|
Midland, Ontario, Canada
|Previous team(s)||Minnesota North Stars|
New York Rangers
|Stanley Cup wins||5|
|Years as a coach||1950s–2000|
|Years as an NHL coach||1989–2000|
John Muckler (born April 13, 1934) is a professional hockey coach and executive, most recently serving as the general manager of the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Muckler has over 50 years of professional hockey experience as a part owner, general manager, director of player personnel, director of hockey operations, head coach, assistant coach and player. He has been a part of five Stanley Cup championships in various roles.
Muckler began his professional coaching career as a player/coach in 1959 with the EHL's New York Rovers. He then spent the next 20 years in off-ice positions with the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and Vancouver Canucks before joining the Edmonton Oilers organization in 1981. During those 20 years, Muckler served briefly as head coach of the North Stars in 1968–69, and won multiple regular-season titles, playoff championships and league coach-of-the-year honours in the minor leagues. For his successes, The Sporting News named him the top coach in minor-league hockey in 1979.
While with the Oilers, Muckler served as an assistant coach with the Stanley Cup winners under head coach/general manager Glen Sather in 1984 and 1985. After the 1984-85 season, Sather began splitting most coaching duties with Muckler, who was named assistant head coach. He won two more Cups in 1987 and 1988. When Sather relinquished his coaching duties in 1989, Muckler was promoted to head coach and led the club to its fifth Stanley Cup in seven years in 1990.
In 1991, Muckler left the Oilers organization and was hired by the Buffalo Sabres. Initially the club's director of hockey operations, he soon accepted the team's head coaching position and guided the Sabres for the next four seasons. He also assumed the role of Sabres' general manager in 1993. A finalist for the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year in 1994, Muckler stepped down from coaching in 1995 to focus on his front-office duties and was named "NHL Executive of the Year" by The Sporting News for the 1996–97 season. Sabres President Larry Quinn fired Muckler in the 1997 offseason.
Muckler last worked in the NHL as head coach of the New York Rangers from 1997 to 2000. His career coaching record is 276–288–84, combined with a 233–167–53–7 career record as an NHL general manager, and he has been involved in more than 2,000 professional games in varying roles. His résumé also includes three appearances at the National Hockey League All-Star Game and two appearances (1984 and 1987) on the coaching staff of the Canada Cup-winning Team Canada.
Muckler joined the Ottawa Senators as general manager in June 2001, and presided over what was arguably the team's most successful period. The team ultimately reached the Stanley Cup finals in 2007 but lost to the Anaheim Ducks in a five-game series. Despite this success, the Senators announced that Muckler had been fired on June 18, 2007. Head coach Bryan Murray was promoted to replace him.
|1952–53||Galt Black Hawks||OHA||54||6||16||22||0|
|1953–54||Galt Black Hawks||OHA||Statistics Unavailable|
|1955–56||Baltimore Clippers / Charlotte Rebels||EHL||62||11||34||45||82||--||--||--||--||--|
|1959–60||New York Rovers||EHL||64||8||25||33||105||--||--||--||--||--|
|1960–61||New York Rovers||EHL||64||7||23||30||128||--||--||--||--||--|
|1961–62||Long Island Ducks||EHL||68||10||26||36||99|
|1962–63||Long Island Ducks||EHL||50||3||21||24||93|
NHL coaching statistics
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|MIN||1968–69||35||6||23||6||-||(51)||6th in West||Missed playoffs|
|EDM||1989–90||80||38||28||14||-||90||2nd in Smythe||Won Stanley Cup|
|EDM||1990–91||80||37||37||6||-||80||3rd in Smythe||Lost in Conference Finals|
|BUF||1991–92||52||22||22||8||-||(74)||3rd in Adams||Lost in first round|
|BUF||1992–93||84||38||36||10||-||86||4th in Adams||Lost in second round|
|BUF||1993–94||84||43||32||9||-||95||4th in Northeast||Lost in first round|
|BUF||1994–95||48||22||19||7||-||51||4th in Northeast||Lost in first round|
|NYR||1997–98||25||8||15||2||-||(68)||5th in Atlantic||Missed playoffs|
|NYR||1998–99||82||33||38||11||-||77||4th in Atlantic||Missed playoffs|
|NYR||1999–2000||78||29||35||11||3||77||4th in Atlantic||(fired)|
| Head coach of the Minnesota North Stars
| Head coach of the Edmonton Oilers
| Head coach of the Buffalo Sabres
| Head coach of the New York Rangers
| General Manager of the Ottawa Senators
| General Manager of the Buffalo Sabres